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DIY Wedding Centerpiece Out of Upcycled Bottles

Need to decorate your wedding on a budget? Make this DIY wedding centerpiece out of upcycled bottles and save $$.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Out of Upcycled Bottles

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a ton of those ‘little’ things you need to take care of. I’m not talking about the big stuff like the cake, the dress, or the flowers, no.

I mean the little things like what kind of napkins you want to buy, the color of the balloons you want, and in this instance, the kind of centerpiece you want to have at your tables.

bottle centerpiece with candle

Not only do you have a ton of little things to work your way through, they can also end up becoming pretty expensive. That’s why this DIY wedding centerpiece is perfect. It’s easy-to-make, cost-effective, and you’re basically just upcycling old bottles into something super elegant and beautiful.

wedding centerpiece with flowers

Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

So, before we get started, let’s take a look at all the supplies you’ll need for these DIY centerpieces:

craft supplies

Optional:

beads and ribbon

How to Make Your Own Wedding Centerpiece

Before you start working on your DIY project, there’s one super important thing you have to do: clean all the bottles you’re using—thoroughly.

We’re talking about a deep cleaning, followed by careful scrubbing, rinsing, and finally, allowing the bottles to dry completely before you use them. Don’t skip this step—if your bottles have dirt or grease on them, it’ll ruin your decor.

Step 1

You can start by unraveling the cotton cord. Now, feel free to use a chunkier or thinner cord—it’s all up to you, but it does make it easier if the cord is not too thin or too thick.

Thus, grab your bottle and your hot glue gun and apply some glue to the bottom of the bottle. Then, grab your cord and stick it on the glue. Hold it in place for a couple of moments so that it sticks.

glueing bottle

This is the very beginning of your project, so make sure you’ve attached the cord properly, or it will unravel.

wrapping string on bottle

Step 2

Next, grab your glue gun and continue to apply glue around the base. Bring the cord around till you reach the point where you started. Simply continue to layer glue over the first round of cord and follow it up with another layer.

wrapping bottle with string

string on bottle

glueing string to bottle

Step 3

Continue to glue the cord and work your way up the bottle.

wrapping bottle with string

wrapping string around bottle

You don’t have to be precise or symmetrical. If you want something chunky and rustic, feel free to overlap the cords, as seen here.

wrapping string around bottle

Step 4

Stop when you get to the top of the bottle to the rim, you can fasten off. Cut the end of the string and then apply a dab of hot glue. Now press the end of the cord down, making sure you blend it into the previous layer.

wrapping string on bottle

string wrapped bottle

Step 5

You can switch out the cotton cord for some jute twine and proceed to stick that around the mouth and rim of the glass bottle.

wrapping brown string on top

Step 6

Then, go ahead and wrap another bottle the same way you did this one. You’ll have two gorgeous-looking, boho-chic bottles.

holding two bottles

Step 7

But we’re not quite done just yet. A centrepiece is more than just a couple of vases. You need to set the scene, so to speak. Grab your wooden slice base.

wood slice

Arrange the bottles atop the wooden stand.

bottle on wood slice

You can hot glue the bottom of the glass and stick it onto the base, if you like.

glueing bottom of bottle

Stick the second bottle onto the base, too.

two bottles on wood

Step 8

Next, grab a simple candle in a glass jar and line a bit of hot glue around the bottom. Next, wrap soe jute ribbon around it.

glueing candle

Once the ribbon is secured and the glue has dried, you can then stick the candle onto the wooden base right next to the bottles.

But you know what, there’s one thing that’s still missing and that’s the number cards for the table. So Fret not, I’ve got you covered.

Step 9

Grab a piece of thick card stock—preferably cream-colored or white—and cut out a long rectangle strip about two inches wide and seven inches long.

Next, fold that strip in half to make a place card like you see here.

Step 10

Decorate your card any way you like. You can use a decorative border punch hole to cut out a nice strip of filigree.

Afterward, you can also draw on the cards if you’re good at it!

Step 11

Next, you have to number the cards you just made. There are different ways to do that, as well; just look at these pictures for inspiration!

For this particular card, just stencil the number in bold font and fill it in with a marker.

Now, string a few pearly beads.

Make tiny incisions to either side of the card at the top and string the beads through it.

For this next pattern, just cut out your cardstock into a circle and draw simple yet elegant designs to decorate it. Then, just string some ribbon through it, and voila!

Step 12

The only thing left to do is add your table number cards to the wooden baseboard and your centerpiece is all done! Add a few sprigs of baby’s breath, reed, or pampas grass to bring the entire arrangement together!

Watch: DIY Wedding Centerpiece

You can also see the full tutorial on video!

 

How Much Do Wedding Centerpieces Usually Cost?

On average, a wedding centerpiece can cost anywhere between $100 to $450. That’s depending on the arrangement you pick as well as the number of tables there are.

There are for the florals, alone. Usually, any other addition like candles, plants, or knick-knacks will cost extra. By making your own centerpieces, you’re essentially cutting down your cost to a fraction of the estimated expense you might have originally incurred.

By upcycling, you can bring down your costs to about $5-$7 per table. How cool is that?

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Yield: one wedding centerpiece

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Out of Upcycled Bottles

DIY wedding centerpiece

Looking to decorate your wedding on a budget? This DIY wedding centerpiece is a beautiful DIY project anyone can make to contribute to the day of your life.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $8

Materials

  • Wood plaque
  • 2 bottles (ideally different sizes)
  • Jar candle
  • 1.5mm cotton cords (or thicker)
  • Thick white A5 paper
  • 1” wide jute ribbon

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Markers

Instructions

  1. Gather all your supplies to get started on your DIY centerpieces.
  2. Before you begin, though, make sure you scrub, rinse, and dry your bottles to remove any dust, grease, or grime from it.
  3. Add a bit of hot blue to the bottom of your bottle.
  4. Next, unravel the cord and stick the end to the bottle. Hold it in place while it adheres.
  5. Then, grab your glue gun once again and line another layer of hot glue around the bottle, following it up with a length of cord over it.
  6. That’s pretty much it; just continue to apply hot glue and then wrap the cord around the bottle all the way up to the mouth.
  7. Fasten off and make sure that the end is secured with a little extra dab of glue.
  8. Switch out the cotton cord for some jute twine and wrap it around the mouth.
  9. Feel free to overlap the cord and twine as much as you like—it doesn’t have to be perfect as long as it is stuck in place.
  10. Repeat the entire process with one more bottle.
  11. Grab your wooden baseboard and hot glue both the wrapped bottles onto the surface.
  12. Next, grab a plain white candle in a glass jar and line some hot glue around the bottom. Stick a length of just ribbon around the bottom of the candle and then, stick the candle itself on the board, next to the bottles.
  13. The next step is to make table cards to indicate the table number. Feel free to decorate these cards however you like: with doodles, sketches, decorative borders, with beaded wire strung across it, and bold font for the numbers.
  14. Finally, add a few sprigs of baby’s breath, faux florals, and more to bring the entire centerpiece arrangement together!
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